Entries by Martina Quinn

Human Rights Day 2015: NASC Fundraiser

  To mark Human Rights Day 2015, NASC – the Irish Immigrant Support Centre – will hold its annual wine-tasting fundraising event on Friday, 11th December, at 6.30pm. The wine tasting will be hosted by The Bubble Brothers, a well-known wine company, based in Cork.  The event will take place at the Nasc building on Ferry […]

Don’t Mind the Gap: Miriam’s Story

In February 2003, I had a nervous breakdown. My brain just shut down. I was numb, unable to feel emotion, all that existed was darkness.  It took me some years to recover from this experience and, in 2007, I readied myself to re-enter the workplace. I wanted to have a purpose, a reason to get […]

The Irish Human and Equality Commission welcomes “A” status accreditation

Commission accredited as an “A” status national human rights institution (NHRI). “A” status confers speaking rights at the UN Human Rights Council. “A” status members hold voting and speaking rights at human rights treaty bodies and other UN organs. Commission eligible for any future speaking rights at the General Assembly. The Chief Commissioner of the […]

Roma / Gypsy most negatively perceived minority group in Northern Europe

The Roma and Gypsy communities are the most negatively perceived minority group in Northern Europe, according to a report published by the international market research agency YouGov.  Negative perceptions of Muslims are also high, according to the report. YouGov surveyed 7,230 people in Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden in June of this […]

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to remember the suffering transphobia has caused and a time to raise awareness of the need to better protect the rights of trans people. Research from the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows that trans people across the EU are often marginalised and live in isolation […]

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Ireland

Earlier this week, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) published a report on its sixth periodic visit to Ireland, which took place in September 2014.  The visit provided an opportunity for the Committee to assess the progress made since its 2010 visit. During the visit, a delegation from the CPT examined the […]